My area of academic expertise lies in Canadian political institutions, especially the Crown, political executive, and conventions of Responsible Government; since 2011, I have made a valuable contribution to the scholarship by having been published and cited extensively in my field.
More importantly, this list of my own publications attests to my scholarship, which, along with this list of materials in which other scholars have cited my works, demonstrates the contributions that I have made to the study of political institutions in Canada and the Commonwealth. Less importantly, I hold an MA and a BA in Political Science from Carleton University — though I never let going to university get in the way of my education and scholarly research.
I wrote my thesis on “Reining in the Crown’s Authority Over Dissolution: Canada’s Fixed-Date Election Laws versus the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act of the United Kingdom.” I was also nominated for the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal but, sadly, did not win. (Perhaps writing a thesis on the Governor General’s constitutional authorities would have made that award a little too on-the-nose).
How I Started This Blog
I started this blog in 2011, originally as a means of making the Manual of Official Procedure of the Government of Canada publicly available online.
In addition to making my ATIP’ed documents available for all who are interested, I started this blog in order to fill crucial gaps in the scholarship and media coverage of our system of government.
Overall, I consider myself part of the traditional “historical institutionalist” school in Canadian political science and would also describe myself a Burkean Whig, a constitutional monarchist, and a realist. My scholarship reflects this integrated approach to history and political science.
Perhaps like some of my readers and peers, my interest in this subject-matter and in developing my own academic writing started just after the prorogation-coalition controversy of December 2008. In the fall of 2010, I discovered an intriguing essay languishing in the obscurity of microfiche. The author, using the Latinization of parliament “Parliamentum” as a pseudonym, described the parliamentary precedents relating to the Pacific Scandal, which precipitated the first controversial prorogation in Canadian history in 1873 and the defeat of first Macdonald ministry, so it seemed only fitting that I call my blog Parliamentum.
I’ve also designed Parliamentum as a hub of research designed to encourage informal networks of peer review on Westminster parliamentarism. As such, I’ve created tabs for the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand that link to various constitutional and parliamentary documents, as well as the websites of the Queen and her vice-regal representatives, and those of all the parliaments and legislative assemblies in those four Commonwealth Realms. Finally, I provided links to the websites of established scholars and practitioners who write on Westminster parliamentarism.